Wendy Leeper and Matt Holliday

Wendy Leeper and Matt Holliday

WEST CHESTER — Matt Holliday, the former Chester County prothonotary, will continue his professional association with the county’s legal community in a new position with the Chester County Bar Association.

Holliday, who left his position as the elected official overseeing civil case filings, will take over as executive director of the 300-plus-year-old organization for attorneys. He takes over from veteran director Wendy Leeper, who will assume the role of chief executive officer.   

Holliday and Leeper will work with the bar association’s Board of Directors, leaders and staff to provide a seamless transition for its approximately 1,000 members as well as the management of the many programs and services provided by the bar association. Leeper intends to retire at the end of 2021.

Holliday was elected as prothonotary in 2015 but lost a re-election bid in November. In his years in the office, however, he established a strong relationship with the members of the bar, initiating a number of innovative services such as electronic case filing, making it easier to conduct business among attorneys. 

Leeper’s institutional knowledge and the relationships she has developed over the last two decades will be invaluable during this leadership transition, said the bar’s new president, Patrick McKenna.

“While we were quite surprised when Wendy announced her retirement plans, we are extremely pleased that our Board of Directors developed a succession plan that will greatly benefit our association and our members over the long term,” McKenna said in a press release announcing the change.  

Holliday, of West Chester, has been and continues to be actively involved in leadership positions with numerous non-profit organizations within the county. He currently serves as president of The West Chester Downtown Foundation, Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County and the Rotary Club of West Chester.  He is an active board member of several other non-profit organizations as well. 

For his non-profit work, Holliday was selected by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Senator Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award from the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce for his work as County Prothonotary. Finally, he received the Outstanding Young Professional in Public Administration Award from the American Society for Public Administration last year.

The association’s outgoing president, Sam Cortes, added praise of Leeper’s leadership over the past 20 years.

“Wendy’s contributions to our bar association and the many awards and accolades she has received have brought us to where we are today.  While we are sad to see her leave us, we are excited to have Matt join us and know that he will bring the same level of dedication and professionalism to his work at the bar association as he does to his work in the community.”   

To contact staff writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.

To contact Staff Writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.

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